Hockey drills for all skills

  • Put out the pilons as shown in figure three, distribute the balls over pilons C and D.
  • In this exercise you place one player each at pilons C and D, the rest of the team will line up at pilon A. 
  • From A the player runs around the pilon, from the pilon the player makes a sideways movement facing the ball (facing C). 
  • Player C plays the ball in the forehand of A, A takes the ball and opens to the right, runs towards the circle and finishes at goal.
  • From here, he runs towards D and receives another ball.
  • The player spins open to the left and finishes on goal again. 


  • The exercise is meant to simulate a game.
  • It is therefore intended that one team consists of the defenders/defending midfielders and the other team consists of the attackers.
  • The attackers can score in the normal goal (decide if they can hit high as in the game).
  • The defending side can score by driving the ball.
  • Over the line of the goals on the half way line.   
  • The attackers learn to play over and finish at goal and the defending side learns to defend to the outside.  


  • Put out six pilons in a row with +/- five meters between each pilon.
  • This is best done on the 23 meter line as shown in figure 1. 
  • Again make two rows and let the team sprint from the sideline to the first pylon and back, then from the sideline to the second pylon and back.
  • Repeat this until the sixth pylon. 
  • After these sprint exercises let the team run half a lap. 
  • Flat
  • Open reception,
  • Accelerate & push pass out of the barrel (alternate with other techniques such as stroke, push pass, backhand pass).
  • A flats to B (A runs after own ball);
  • B takes it open and runs around the pilon.
  • B accelerates with the ball stuck to the stick and plays the ball through the gates to A.
  • Resumption
  • From the back line to 23 m line in 30 sec 3x back & forth.
  • 30 sec rest, then repeat.
  • H1 level 4x (start competition half) 80% within time should be achievable.
  • Pay attention to turning speed.
  • Start low to quickly get on track.
  • Carry energy in the turn.
  • For larger groups, make 2 groups.
  • Group one start on back line, group two on 23 meter line. When group one is running, group two is resting (30 seconds).
  • Two teams with subs, there's a change if there's a score.
  • Each person defends a goal, there are five goals on each field, so there are also five people defending these goals.
  • If a goal is scored in your goal, you have to sit on the side and switch.
  • A new player (sub) enters the field from the side and defends the goal.
  • If there's a goal, it's a point.
  • The team with the most points at the end of the match is the winner.
  • The exercises can be played in 2 variations: the one for real beginning hockey players (this exercise can be used for a clinic for example) and the one for beginning hockey players who have already been in contact with hockey.
  • Variant 1:
  • Player 1 plays the ball to player 2, he takes the ball and passes on to player 3.
  • Player 3 takes the ball and shoots at goal.
  • Player 4 tries to stop the ball with the bottom of the foot or with the stick.
  • Player 4 picks up the ball and joins the row at the back of the starting pilon of player 1.
  • For safety's sake, don't shoot at goal when player 4 takes the ball. 
  • The balls can also be taken out of the goal later on or use a break for that.
  • This is for safety reasons.

  • A passes deep to B, B goes around behind pilons and gives the ball to A in front, A scores on goal;
  • B goes back to position, offers himself and gets the ball from C. CB play a 2v1 against A;
  • A enters the ball at D gets ball and plays (D, E and A) a 3v2 against CB.

open and closed receptions

  • Number one calls "open" or "closed" and then plays the ball to number two.
  • Number two comes running into the ball and takes it on according to what was called.
  • Then number two calls "open" or "closed" and plays the ball to number three.
  • Number three enters the ball and takes it on according to what was called again.
  • Then number three runs over the back line into the circle and plays it at the head of the circle to number four.
  • Number four finishes on target.